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Collected Songs of Cold Mountain Hardcover – Nov 1983

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Pr (Nov. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914742698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914742739
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,431,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jim on 15 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is the most comprehensive collection to date of the poems of Han-shan, or Hanshan, or Cold Mountain. There is a lengthy and well-researched introduction by Red Pine (Bill Porter) in which he examines the origins of these poems. Hanshan was a wandering poet-monk of 7th to 9th Century China who lived in the mountains and wrote poems on the walls of caves. It now seems unlikely that all the poems were written by one person, but the large time-span suggests several poets who were sympathetic to the original man.

Part of the attraction of these poems in the illusiveness of the author or authors. Who was this Zen Saint?

Red Pine's notes on each poem are excellent - they give historical and literary context, and allow even the novice to access these beautiful pieces of poetry.

If you live in the city and cannot escape, this books allows to slip away for a few minutes at least.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Montfroid on 2 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
Everything is in the title, really.

If you hesitate between Henricks' and Red Pine's versions, maybe what follows will help you :

Hanshan by Red Pine is really easy to read, it is quite a pleasure to have it in your hands, and there are pictures of Hanshan's cave, something you can't find anywhere else.

The translation by Henricks is far less seductive, but the introduction, contrary to Red Pine's, is a real academic work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matt Jenkins on 19 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful collection of poems by award winning translator Red Pine (b. 1943). Indeed this collection itself won the WESTAF Award in Translation in the year 2000.

This work contains, in a bilingual edition, the collected poems of Cold Mountain (Han-shan) and his friends Big Stick (Feng-kan) and Pick Up (Shih-te), who are believed to have flourished during the Tang Dynasty (approx. 9th Century). All the poems are well annotated and there is an interesting translator's preface, in addition to which the author has provided photos of the area in which Cold Mountain lived. There is also a fine introduction by John Blofeld (1913-1987).

"More than anyone else, Red Pine has made [Han Shan's] spontaneous poems accessible to Western readers.... In this new, expanded edition, invaluable notes and an extensive new critical preface provide a contextual awareness, not just for the poems, but for their sources in Buddhist and Confucian culture."
-Inquiring Mind

"An exquisite publication.... On every level this is a beautiful book."
-Judges' statement when awarding Red Pine the "2000 Western States Book Award in Translation" for the Collected Songs of Cold Mountain

"Red Pine...has given us the first full collection of Han Shan's songs in an idiom that is clear, graceful, and neutral enough to last.... His translations are accurate and mirror the music of the originals.... The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain is a considerable performance and a truly valuable book. Thanks to Copper Canyon's high standards of bookmaking, it is beautiful to hold and behold; thanks to Red Pine's care, it will survive as the definitive text of Han Shan in English for many years. It belongs on the shelf of everyone with an interest in poetry and...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Attinello on 27 Oct. 2008
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Briefly: remarkable - lucidly thought poems, in utterly transparent words by a wonderful translator. And a really beautiful edition, with meticulous but unobtrusive scholarly apparatus, produced with care and love.

The strangest thing is: Red Pine comments in his introduction that several publishers actually rejected these translations, before a small press agreed to print them.
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